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Stop Holding Us Back

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There are smarter, more effective ways to lower high school dropout rates.
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Graduation Rate Up, But Is Learning?

This brief editorial is a less than celebratory reaction to the news that the US grad rate is up.

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Class size matters a lot, research shows

Class size matters a lot, research shows | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Can we stop pretending it doesn't?
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Although the research reviewed in this study focuses on elementary level class size, there are two elements that are relevant to high school educators: first, class size is especially important to low-income students who are already under-prepared, and second, that class size at the elementary level impacts achievement that can be traced right up through high school and influences graduation rates.

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Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal

Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Students with disabilities in Maine’s largest cities are much more likely to be suspended from school than their classmates without disabilities, an education expert said this week.

Daniel Losen, director of University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Civil Rights Remedies, said that trend follows national statistics and carries troublesome implications in terms of future dropout and incarceration rates."

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What are the best dropout prevention strategies in American education? | Learning Matters

Learning Matters convenes an online discussion about preventing dropouts in American public education.
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Education Week: June 6, 2013

Education Week: June 6, 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Table of Contents for Ed Week's report, Diploma's Count 2013, which focuses on graduation rates. Many of the articles are locked by a pay wall, but if you wish to read any of them, your librarian can point you to one of the subscription databases that indexes Ed Week (in Maine, you can get Ed Week articles via MARVEL).

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Maine high school graduation rates improve

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An AP story reports:  "Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen released statewide results that showed Maine's four-year graduation rate rose to above 85 percent in 2012, a jump of about 1.5 percentage points over 2011 and a 5 percentage-point improvement since 2009."

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Interactive: Mapping High School Graduation, Dropout Rates Across the U.S.

Interactive: Mapping High School Graduation, Dropout Rates Across the U.S. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A National Center for Education Statistics releases a report on public-school graduation and dropout rates, and the news overall isn’t bad.
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Feds Release First-Ever National Graduation Rates

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The U.S. Department of Education has released a first-ever list detailing state-by-state four-year high school graduation rates.  See how states compare and how different demographics fared as well.

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Education Week: Diplomas Count 2012

Education Week: Diplomas Count 2012 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Education Week articles react to and report on the 2012 Diplomas Count report.  Many stories focus on what the report shows about changes in the performance of Latino students.  Analysis and Data articles (scroll down) also discuss the use of similar Grad.-Rate formulas.  Don't miss the interactive tools to learn about Grad.-Rate trends over time and from state to state (State Graduation Briefs with state-specific data and EdWeek Maps).

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Leadership for Education Innovation: High Schools

"Without effective high schools, the social contract with young people that lies at the heart of the American dream--Invest in yourself, work hard and learn, and you will have opportunities for rewarding work and meaningful choices about your future--is clearly at risk. While there are broader, non-education factors involved in our country's high rates of child poverty and growing inequality that need to be addressed, the stakes are high and the need is urgent for redesigning our high schools. We need to ask, as rigorously as we can, what it will take to get to 90% graduation rates with college readiness in the coming decade."

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Pushing Chicago's graduation rates to new heights

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With little fanfare, educators across Chicago have been doing something remarkable that the nation needs to know.
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Revised GED Ushers in New Era With More Options

Some states are facing a bumpy transition as they adjust to the altered assessment landscape and had to cope with a late 2013 surge in test-takers.
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Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School

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Freshman year is essential in deciding whether a student drops out or stays in school. 
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Study: 15 Percent of US Youth Not in School, Not Working

Study: 15 Percent of US Youth Not in School, Not Working | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A significant portion of young Americans aren't doing anything to build their long-term economic prospects, data shows.
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LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance' : NPR

LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance' : NPR | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students deemed "willfully defiant" accounted for nearly half of California's 700,000 suspensions last year.
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NCLB Waivers Weaken Grad Rate Accountability, Study Finds

NCLB Waivers Weaken Grad Rate Accountability, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The Alliance for Excellent Education, a D.C.-based policy organization started by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, studied the waivers granted to each state and concluded that only a few states are fully complying with the federal graduation accountability requirements."

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National High School Graduation Rate Climbs

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The high school graduation rate shows some improvement for students earning diplomas in 2009-10, despite the fact that this is the first year we're seeing data calculated with the stricter "averaged freshman graduation rate" (AFGR).

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Babies, Lack of Parental Support Drive High Dropout Rates | Education News

Babies, Lack of Parental Support Drive High Dropout Rates | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey shows that the two main reasons why students drop out of high school prior to graduation are a lack of parental support and becoming parents themselves.
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